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Caribou Cam Proves Reindeer Are Real

Every now and then, more often than you might expect, I mention something in lecture (usually in a classroom in front of students) and a small number of individuals express incredulity that the thing exists. Pygmies are one of those terms that garners disbelief. Many people assume they are made up. At the same time,…

A tongue is a terrible thing to waste …

LOL cat: I apologize for the fact that this turns out to be an ad. Terminate at 1:40 to avoid that part, but it is relatively harmless, and the product being advertised does a great job at solving one of the most pressing First World Problems suffered by cat owners.

What does the fox say?

Did you know that a fox’s tail is called a “brush”? There are 12 species of fox, but 37 different dogish animals are called fox. But somewhere along the line we figured out what true fox is, and there are only 12 of them. These are member of the genus “Vulpes.” Vulpes is Latin for…

#ClimateThanks Meme Heats Up

An Update on #ClimateThanks. Heather Libby has a nice piece on Climate Thanks here. The Denialists have started to spam the hashtag with their insipid, unoriginal drek. Tallbloke, whom I do indeed consider to be a criminal (as are the rest of them) carrying out crimes against humanity (he sued me once for saying that,…

From Paul Douglas at Weathernation.com: Here’s a picture of the moisture in the atmosphere:

IPCC Video on Climate Change

Published on Nov 21, 2013 The IPCC has produced a video on its Fifth Assessment Report (AR5). The first part on the Working Group I contribution to AR5 is now available. The other parts will be released with the successive approvals of the other two Working Group contributions and the Synthesis Report in the course…

This just in: New Oil Change International interactive graphic shows growing fossil fuel reserves in contrast to shrinking global carbon budget WASHINGTON, DC – New analysis by Oil Change International shows that global fossil fuel reserves continue to expand while the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and other scientific and industry analysts repeatedly show that…

Join In #ClimateThanks

Here is a letter from the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication: Dear Friends, The Yale Project on Climate Change Communication has much to be thankful for, including wonderful support from our friends and colleagues. That is why this Thanksgiving, we’re giving #ClimateThanks. Together with the climate community, we are taking a moment to tweet…

One Hiroshima, Two Hiroshimas, Three Hirosimas, Four On August 6th, 1945, the United States military detonated what was to date the largest and most terrible bomb ever created by humanity in the city of Hiroshima Japan. Since that time, the word “Hiroshima” has come to mean awesome power. In fact, the energy released by this…

Catching Fire. The other one.

Catching Fire is apparently a very popular book and/or movie that everyone is very excited about. But Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human is a different a book about some interesting research I was involved in about the origin of our genus, Homo. You can pick up a copy of our paper on this…